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Whether you’re spending the holidays with family or close friends, this year, time together is more important than ever before. Rather than jetting all across town for supplies and spending hours in the kitchen, make it easy on yourself and grab everything you need from Kroger. Amos Gott of AmosEvents shows us exactly what to grab and how to put it all on display so that when guests arrive, you can enjoy some much-needed together time.

Table set up for holiday party

Amos Gott of AmosEvents shows us what to grab for a holiday party from Kroger and how to prepare it all in two hours or less.

The Charcuterie Board

First things first: prepare your charcuterie board. No gathering is complete without a delicious spread of gourmet meats and cheeses. While it can feel daunting to pick out the perfect pairings, Kroger makes it easy with its in-store Murray’s Cheese Shop.

When creating your spread, it’s important to represent different textures and flavors. Amos does just that by setting out Murray’s English Wensleydale with Cranberries (a fruity cheese with hints of honey), Murray’s Gorgonzola Mountain (a firmer and spicier option), and Vermont Creamery Herb de Provence Goat Cheese (a creamy goat cheese log with a French twist). The best part? Since we’re all about saving time, the Wensleydale cheese and goat cheese are both pre-cut wedges! To offset the salty flavors of your cheeses, add a handful of white, red and black seedless grapes to your spread. For a definite crowdpleaser, add La Quercia Prosciutto Americano for its rich, sweet flavor. For dipping pleasure and to pair with the prosciutto and goat cheese, Amos also sets out figs and black tea jam from Quince & Apple.

Charcuterie board on Christmas tree serving board for a holiday party

Kroger’s in-store Murray’s Cheese Shop is a one-stop-shop for all of your gourmet cheese needs, and it makes putting together the perfect charcuterie board a breeze.

Charcuterie board with cranberry cheese, salami, grapes and crackers

For cheese, Amos uses both cow and goat cheeses, and for meats, he sets out prosciutto and salami. These different flavors and textures complement one another and make for a savory spread.

Quince & Apple Figs and Black Tea

The Figs and Black Tea Jam from Quince & Apple pairs well with the aforementioned prosciutto and goat cheese.

The Fruit & Cheese Spread

After your charcuterie board is prepared, it’s time to create your fruit and cheese spread, and this year it’s all about the details. Rather than creating the typical spread, Amos thoughtfully separates grapes and cheese cubes into groups to resemble a Christmas tree. Again to save time, Amos recommends purchasing pre-cut Private Selection cheese cubes, using Colby jack, mild cheddar and pepper jack in his spread, and he separates the cheeses by using leftover grapes from the charcuterie board. As an added detail, slice a kiwi into thick pieces and cut it to look like a Christmas tree star. For an even easier option, Amos also says you can use a star fruit for this detail. If you’re feeling extra festive, grab some artificial tree needles to place between your cheese and grapes.

Cheese spread with grapes shaped like a Christmas tree

Use pre-cut cheese cubes, grapes, a kiwi cut to resemble a Christmas tree topper, and artificial tree needles to create this festive spread. It’s sure to be a conversation starter between you and your party guests.

The Hors D’oeuvres

Once your meat and cheese spreads are ready, start preparing hors d’oeuvres that require time in the oven to ensure they have ample time to cook but are still warm when guests arrive. To save time and avoid the frustration that often comes with making tedious finger foods, Amos uses frozen Private Selection appetizers. The coconut and sweet chili shrimp purses and smoky paprika shrimps wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon can be cooked in the oven simultaneously, making for an even more effortless appetizer option. When they’re finished cooking, Amos creates an elevated, flavorful display, pairing the shrimp purses with San-J Tamari gluten-free soy sauce and the shrimp with Kroger’s sweet chili sauce.

Private Selection frozen appetizer on a plate line with wrapping paper

When it comes time to display the hors d’oeuvres, Amos suggests lining your serving platter with holiday wrapping paper for an extra festive touch.

Private Selection Smoky Paprika Shrimp appetizer for a holiday party

The Private Selection Smoky Paprika Shrimp adds seafood flare to your holiday party. Not to mention they’re packed with plenty of flavor.

Private Selection Coconut & Sweet Chili Shrimp Purses

The Private Selection Coconut and Sweet Chili Shrimp Purses include Thai-inspired coconut shrimp, carrots, spinach, and sweet chili sauce.

Country Ham & Biscuits

Country ham and biscuits may be known as a staple for Derby parties, but they also make a great grab-and-go option for your holiday party. Believe it or not, Amos found these bite-sized tea biscuits in Kroger’s freezer section! They’re the easiest alternative to homemade biscuits without sacrificing taste. To make these sandwiches, place your biscuits on a baking sheet and let them bake for about 15 minutes. When they’re done baking, allow them to cool for about five minutes before slicing them in half. From there, fold one piece of Clifty Farms Country Ham on each biscuit. To display these sandwiches, Amos uses a solid color serving stand. Note that if you choose to make all 24 biscuits, you can keep extras on low heat in the oven so you can quickly grab more if you need to replenish your spread.

Country ham and tea biscuit sandwiches

Mary B’s Bite-Sized Tea Biscuits paired with Clifty Farms Country Ham are a close second to the homemade alternative.

Dessert

And, of course, what’s a party without dessert? Amos offers two delicious options to top off a holiday soirée. First, he puts a unique twist on Santa’s favorite snack: milk and cookies. Start by gathering the ingredients, which include skim milk, Betty Crocker cupcake icing, strawberries, sprinkles and cupcake gems, paper straws, and Bakery Fresh Goodness Chocolate Brownies. Dip the rim of your glass into the chocolate of your choosing (we recommend a ganache or icing), and add the sprinkles and cupcake gems to the rim to resemble a wreath. However, wait until right before guests arrive to pour in the milk to ensure it’s not room temperature by the time they drink it. To make your “cookies,” add cupcake icing on top of the brownies. Cut off the top of the strawberries and place the berries top-down in the icing. Next, add a single dollop of icing so the berries resemble Santa hats. For an added dose of holiday spirit, line a serving platter with wrapping paper to display this dessert.

As a second dessert option, Amos suggests holiday-themed cake bars. He uses Ticklebelly Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cakebars, but you can pick any flavor that’s available at Kroger. Pull out the cake bar’s popsicle stick and replace it with a mini candy cane (with the straight end going into the bar). Line them up in a neat row just like stockings hung by the chimney.

Brownies shaped like Santa hats served with skim milk

Using skim milk, Betty Crocker cupcake icing, strawberries, sprinkles and cupcake gems, paper straws, and Bakery Fresh Goodness Chocolate Brownies, Amos teaches us how to put a fun twist on milk and cookies.

Cake bars candy canes for a holiday party dessert

These candy cane cake bars are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

A Welcome Cocktail

With all of the major work complete, it’s time to get ready to welcome your guests. And what is more welcoming than a delicious sparkling cocktail? Amos prepares these cocktails last to ensure they don’t melt by the time guests arrive. To create this festive libation, use an ice cream scoop-sized portion of Private Selection Raspberry Sorbet and drop it into a glass of LaMarca Prosecco Sparkling Wine. It’s cold, refreshing and has a delightful holiday color. Perfect!

Raspberry sorbet and Prosecco used to make cocktails for a holiday party

A glass of Prosecco with a dollop of raspberry sorbet is a light and festive way to start a party.

And there you have it — a holiday party that can be prepared in just two hours!

This article is sponsored by Kroger.

Thank you to Amos Gott of AmosEvents for his creative ideas and beautiful styling skills. And thank you to Leila Grossman for the beautiful photos.